“One Nation” Urges an Alcohol-Free Celebration During Guam’s 69th Liberation Festivities

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Guam – Families and community groups planning to attend the 69th Guam Liberation Day Parade are invited to sign the One Nation Alcohol-Free pledge as part of a social marketing campaign led by the Prevention and Training branch of the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center (formerly Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse) and other partners, will be at the Paseo Stadium from 8am – 5pm on Thursday, July 11th.

As permits for parade spots are being distributed by the Department of Parks and Recreation, individuals may also sign pledges on Thursday and on the day of the parade at the One Nation tent, next to the grand stand.

Why pledge?

Underage drinking and alcohol abuse on Guam is both a public health issue and a cultural challenge. According to the 2013 report of the State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup, almost one in five adults on Guam reported current binge drinking, or consuming at least four or five drinks in one setting, in 2011. “A factor that plays into this habit among our people is the acceptability of the presence of alcohol during family events,” shares Underage Drinking Prevention Coordinator Audrey Topasna. “If we’d like to see these data change, we have to start in our homes, within the family.” Since its launch in 2010, One Nation has provided an opportunity for community members to use the Liberation Parade to start an alcohol-free lifestyle. Topasna adds: “When in the parade, family members of all ages are present in the celebration. By being alcohol-free, not only do the adults care for their personal well-being, they also set a positive example for the younger generation.”

The first fifty families and community groups who pledge on or before July 11th will receive a One Nation Liberation Day Family Pack which includes:

–          1 personalized family banner

–          10 One Nation t-shirts

–          12 One Nation water bottles

–          10 One Nation refillable water pouches

–          10 One Nation fans

–          10 One Nation drink insulator sleeves (koozies)

–          5 One Nation recyclable tote bags

Everyone at the parade will be given the opportunity to pledge to be alcohol-free:

If you are picking up a family/community group permit for a tent, visit the One Nation booth at the Paseo Stadium on July 11th, 8am – 5pm.

If you have a sponsored tent at the parade route, contact the PEACE office at 477-9079 through 9083 on or before July 11th to sign the pledge.

If you are an individual at the parade, visit the One Nation tent next to the grand stand to sign the pledge to receive a free One Nation giveaway.

Special thanks are extended to the One Nation partners: the Governor’s Prevention Education and Community Empowerment (PEACE) Council, Youth for Youth LIVE! Guam, Department of Youth Affairs, Island Girl Power, Capoeira Mandinga Guam, Sanctuary, Inc., Live Healthy Guam!, Department of Public Health and Social Services, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Just Say No Dance Crew and Foremost Foods Inc.

For more information on the One Nation Campaign, contact the GBHWC-Prevention and Training office at 477-9079 ~ 83 or visit www.onenationguam.com.